Holiday cottages in the Isle of Man

Close Taggart - Thie Lough

Ballaugh, Isle of Man
Ref: 561755
Providing the perfect setting for a special break for two, Thie Lough is one of two identical cottages located well off the beaten track.
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Description

**Please note there are currently travel restrictions in place to the Isle of Man. In line with Isle of Man Government guidance we are now able to accept tourist bookings from non Isle of Man residents from 28th June 2021 onwards**

We know you will be delighted when you arrive at Close Taggart. These two gold award holiday cottages, Thie Rhennie ("House of Ferns") and Thie Lough ("House of the Lake") can be found well off the beaten track, deep in the countryside, about two miles from the nearest small supermarket, bus routes and village, and six from the nearest town (Ramsey).

Thie Lough has one bedroom and provides the perfect setting for a special break for two.

The owners live on site and will be on hand to greet you and provide any assistance you require, you will have total freedom to enjoy the extensive grounds of Close Taggart which includes a tree house and viewing platform high up in the trees, where you can sit and enjoy a complementary glass of wine. In addition, a further viewing platform provides fabulous views of the setting sun to the west. There is also a summerhouse for guests to use.

The holiday cottages are a great base for nature lovers. The Curraghs where the cottages are located, is an area of wetland and a rich haven of biodiversity with rare flora and fauna. Wild wallabies, normally found in warmer climes, are also thriving here. The animals, native to Australia and Tasmania, have been flourishing ever since a pair escaped in the 1970s from the Curraghs wildlife park, a short distance from the cottages. Researchers believe now there are more than a 100 living in the wild. It is possible to see wallabies living in the wild on one of the short walks from the cottages.

We are very willing to assist with mobility issues, but unfortunately we are unable to accommodate full time wheel chair users due to the layout of the cottage. You can park close to the entrance, with a gravel/grassed area and cobblestones leading to two small entrance steps. Inside the cottage the kitchen and lounge are on the ground floor with normal width stairs leading to the bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.

Kitchen/Dining area: Electric oven, gas hob, fridge, microwave, dining table & chairs

Lounge: Electric fire, comfortable three piece suite, dresser, TV & DVD player

Bedroom 1: Double bed, dressing table, wardrobe, bedside tables

Bathroom: Bath with handheld shower, WC and wash hand basin.

Study: Desk, chairs, music system, sofa.

External Utility Room: With Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.

Visit Isle of Man rating: 4 Star Gold Award

Parking: Private Covered Parking

Changeover Day: Flexible, arrive 3pm, depart 10am

Pets: No pets accepted

Children: Not suitable

Power & Heating: Included

Wifi: Free Wifi included

Bedding & Linen: Bed linen and towels provided.

Shop: 2.5 ml Pub: 2.5 ml

Special Offer

Enter STAYCATION21 in the voucher box at checkout for 10% off all bookings commencing between 26th March and 30th June 2021

Features

Free Wifi, Linen Provided , Private Parking , Towels provided, Tumble Dryer, Great for couples, Great for Staycations, Rural views, Self Guided Walks

Map and directions

Reviews

Elizabeth, Ramsey wrote a review on 30th of December 2020

A dream fulfilled.

We are IOM residents and have known of Close Taggart Cottages almost since they were opened. We had admired them but being so close to home could only dream of actually staying there for a few nights. BUT Covid elsewhere in the world did restrict and cancel our other plans so taking our thoughts to stay closer to home. As in 8 miles?? A Staycation over Christmas was considered but surely Close Taggart would be closed, if not for Covid then for Christmas? We looked on line and they were open. 30 seconds later and we were booked in On line and good to go. Well we knew the local shops and had already booked the Christmas bird with the local butcher so packing was done and dusted. We duly arrived at the appointed time, no Ferry no planes and were met by our Hostess and Host. and after a warm welcome we were handed the keys or to be more accurate told they were in the door already. Inside was a delight. We are experienced 'self caterers' but this charming cottage immediately had the edge on others we have used. Warm hall to hang outdoor clothing and a huge kitchen to the left. After stairs to the upper floor straight ahead to the lounge. Fully fitted and furnished down to a log effect solid fuel stove that worked by remote control. We are used to going out in all weathers to bring in logs seasoned by Scottish rain so this was bliss. All that was lacking was the crackle and smoke. Up stairs were the large fully plumbed bathroom and WC including a full size real bath not just a shower in the corner. Centrally heated too. The bedroom was large with wardrobes, his and hers, and full dressing table etc., The bed had full warm blankets and duvet with a small Tester canopy overhead..Windows were cottage size but in December one must remember that glass can let heat out as well as sun shine in. The piece de resistance came when we opened the other door expecting storage or 2nd bedroom only to find a Study with settee, bookshelves and full size writing desk facing a window over fields. Writing at that desk would have been impossible for me in daylight hours as there was so much happening outside. Buzzards, Gulls, Pheasants etc., plus a field full of Fieldfares and Redwings as well as other native thrushes etc., Wild geese over head. Exactly what one needed should the weather turn too cold to venture out. The kitchen was well equipped with all equipment modern and in good condition. Microwave, Grill and Oven, and Fridge. A full and comprehensive set of crockery and cutlery in the many drawers and cupboards. I could easily live here but the only drawback would be I would never want to leave for a holiday once Covid is finally over. This really was a dream fulfilled. We did not indulge in many of the walks for which John has prepared leaflets and guides but did get to meet the local wallabies for which the Curraghs are famous. The lack of exercise could be put down to the cold snap and high winds experienced with Storm Bella but to be honest a lot of the blame could be placed on the extremely comfortable conditions indoors in 'Lough Cottage' at Close Taggart.

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Geoffrey, Isle Of Man wrote a review on 18th of October 2020

Thouroughly enjoyable.

A beautiful staycation in wonderful surroundings, a very well equipped cottage with everything you could need. Set in stunning gardens with loads of amazing places to sit and relax and enjoy the views and tranquillity. The owners Shirley and John couldn't be more helpful. We enjoyed walks around the curraghs and neighbouring areas with lots of sights of the wallabies and other local wildlife. Although Close Taggart is a very peaceful country location it is only a short drive to Ramsey for shops, amenities takeaways etc., we were so enjoying our stay we extended our stay from 8 days to 12 days and look forward to staying there again.

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Carl Richard, Ballasalla wrote a review on 31st of August 2020

A relaxing break in idyllic location

We have just returned from a fabulous break at Close Taggart Thie Lough cottage. Our cottage was situated in an idyllic location surrounded by 2 acres of beautifully kept gardens with stunning views of the Manx hills and countryside. We particulary enjoyed chilling out on the sunny viewing platform in the mornings overlooking the fields and in the afternoons we followed the sun and we relaxed in the swinging bench next to the greenhouse with spectacular views of the Manx hills. John and Shirley, went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and on our arrival provided some staple essentials in the fridge, plus a bowl of fresh fruit, a bottle of wine and chocolates! We have returned home fully relaxed and refreshed from such an enjoyable break.

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